The Bean Trees

What made it possible for Taylor to obtain adoption papers for Turtle?


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She chooses to do what it takes to adopt Turtle. She has to find a way to contact Turtle's relatives in order to get their signatures to adoption papers. She decides to take her out of state, back to Oklahoma, along with Estevan and Esperanza, a refugee couple from Guatemala. However, when she arrives in Oklahoma there is no trace of Turtle's parents or her family. There appears to be no hope of Taylor adopting her without the permission of Turtle's family. Because Taylor loves and can not imagine losing Turtle, she turns to Estevan and Esperanza as her last hope. Feeling that she has no other choice, she asks them to help her by posing as Turtle's parents and signing the adoption papers.